Warriors' Draymond Green wants 'to be a Defensive Player of the Year again,' and has compelling case thus far

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Draymond Green is sort of unquestionably the definitive defensive participant of this technology. He is probably not recognized for the extra conventional man-to-man protection that Kawhi Leonard performs or the rim safety that Rudy Gobert gives, however he’s the poster boy for the NBA’s transfer towards small ball. His uncommon skill to defend all 5 positions at an elite stage unlocked the switch-heavy scheme that helped the Golden State Warriors win three championships, however Green’s private trophy case is not fairly as full. While he gained Defensive Player of the Year in 2017, he simply may have gained two extra trophies in 2015 and 2016. He misplaced shut races to Leonard in each seasons, and Gobert’s emergence from there made it even tougher for Green to work his manner again into the race. 

But that has modified this season. Green’s 15-2 Warriors have the NBA’s finest protection, and he desires to be acknowledged for it. “I want to win. I want to be a Defensive Player of the Year again, and I want to be an All-Star again,” Green advised reporters after Golden State’s 119-104 win over the Raptors Sunday. “And that is motivating me because a lot of people had counted me out. Same mistake people made before when I first came into the league.”

It’s too early within the season to declare a favourite for any award, however Green needs to be on the high of any listing of candidates by 17 video games. Golden State is permitting precisely 100 factors per 100 possessions. The second-place Clippers enable 102, and even when Green is supported with a roster that’s considerably stronger defensively than those he is had lately, it isn’t as if that has ever precluded anybody from successful this award. If Leonard may win it twice with Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich, Andrew Wiggins and Gary Payton II should not maintain Green again in a race with no different rapid standouts. 

Gobert stays an elite defender, however Utah has fallen to eleventh defensively, and plenty of of his private defensive numbers have dipped. Giannis Antetokounmpo will likely be heard from, however the Milwaukee Bucks handled so many early-season accidents that could not make a powerful first impression on voters. 


It’s laborious to consider Green has gained the award solely as soon as. He’s unquestionably probably the most completed playoff defender of the previous decade, however he is been overshadowed by Golden State’s offensive firepower within the common season. Hopefully that modifications this season. The Warriors are dominant on each ends of the ground. Stephen Curry deserves the majority of the credit score offensively, however Green carries the Warriors protection, and if he retains it up, he will get the second trophy he apparently covets. 

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